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Where can I find ground dark meat turkey?

LuluTheMagnificent Oct 2, 2012 03:56 PM

I have a recipe that calls for it. I checked ralphs and vons and only saw ground turkey breast.


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    LuluTheMagnificent Oct 3, 2012 09:08 PM

    Ok, thank you all for the replies. I will look again tomorrow. I thought the Jenni -O was white meat?

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      boogiebaby Oct 3, 2012 10:31 PM

      JennyO sells both ground turkey breast as well as regular (dark) turkey. It should tell you on the package.

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        jencounter Oct 4, 2012 10:11 PM

        any ground turkey that isn't specifically marked 'breast' is primarily dark meat.

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          happybaker Oct 11, 2012 12:32 PM


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        Chandavkl Oct 3, 2012 05:32 PM

        The frozen varieties (as opposed to the meat case) are generally dark meat. All stores should have the frozen chubs.

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          budlit Oct 3, 2012 03:36 PM

          PC Greens grinds Diestel turkey

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            silverlakebodhisattva Oct 3, 2012 12:37 PM

            Most grocers' "ground turkey" is some substantial percentage of dark meat; it's darker, fattier, and tastier than ground turkey breast...

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              thisisrichard Oct 3, 2012 10:38 AM

              Have you tried Lindy & Grundy on Fairfax? Awesome butchers.

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                Dirtywextraolives Oct 5, 2012 07:30 PM

                Love them , but have never seen ground turkey there. Perhaps they will grind it for you if they have turkey parts available, but I somehow think they only carry turkey around the holidays, if at all. And they are way expensive compared to any grocery store that carries it retail.

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                granadafan Oct 3, 2012 06:19 AM

                The Ranch 99 Markets have ground turkey.

                1. boogiebaby Oct 3, 2012 12:52 AM

                  Most grocery carry it as JennyO brand. I usually get it from Ralph's or get a 4 pack from Costco. Smart and Final also carries it.

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                    westsidegal Oct 5, 2012 05:59 PM

                    just know, that the Jenny O brand of turkey is never 100% pure turkey.
                    i've called them and asked.

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                      LuluTheMagnificent Oct 5, 2012 09:02 PM

                      What else is in it? *Afraid to ask*

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                        westsidegal Oct 5, 2012 09:33 PM

                        they wouldn't say.
                        i was cooking dinner for someone on kidney dialysis.
                        i called jenny O and told them that my guest's doctor said that a certain amount of PLAIN turkey seasoned only with herbs was ok.
                        i asked them if they sold ANY turkey products that would meet these criteria and they told me that NONE of the turkey they sell is additive-free and that NONE of it would be appropriate for someone who was limited to plain turkey.

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                          LuluTheMagnificent Oct 9, 2012 10:27 PM

                          Good to know. Thank you.

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                            Servorg Oct 10, 2012 07:41 AM

                            I wonder if there is any commercially produced ground turkey that would meet that standard?

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                              boogiebaby Oct 10, 2012 01:13 PM

                              Exactly. Unless you grind it yourself, I don't think any ground meat would be 100% meat. The JennyOf package says right on the front "Ground Turkey with Natural Flavorings".

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                                Dirtywextraolives Oct 10, 2012 01:36 PM

                                That normally refers to the skin and other bits of the bird that get ground along with the dark meat.

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                                westsidegal Oct 10, 2012 04:28 PM

                                dunno the answer to your question, but i do know that the jennyO folks said that even the turkey that they sell that is not ground contains additives.

                      2. SilverlakeGirl Oct 2, 2012 08:09 PM

                        Gelson's always carries the excellent Sheldon Farms ground dark meat turkey. They also carry Sheldon Farms ground white meat turkey as well so look around.

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                          LuluTheMagnificent Oct 5, 2012 08:59 PM

                          Thank you!

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                          JudiAU Oct 2, 2012 05:08 PM

                          Any decent butcher can grind it for you. Whole Foods and Puritan at Farmer's Market grind chicken in house.

                          It makes a huge difference.

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                            LuluTheMagnificent Oct 5, 2012 09:01 PM

                            I haven't gone yet. I may end up doing this.

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                            maudies5 Oct 2, 2012 04:22 PM

                            Vicente Foods in Brentwood will grind it for you.

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